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Yankees and MLB celebrate Jackie Robinson Day

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 15, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This morning, manager Joe Girardi, general manager Brian Cashman and assistant general manager Jean Afterman will be among the Yankees representatives supporting a youth baseball and softball clinic in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. Here are a few more details from the league.

Major League Baseball will be joined by representatives of the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington in commemorating the 8th Annual Jackie Robinson Day by supporting a youth baseball and softball clinic for players that participate in the Newark Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. MLB annually recognizes April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day in memory of the late Baseball Hall of Famer. Robinson played his first Major League game at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947 as a first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Approximately 250 young people, ages 5-18, from the Newark RBI program will participate in various stations covering basic baseball and softball skills. The clinic will be operated by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. The equipment for the clinic will be donated by Pitch In For Baseball. The RBI program is the Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide opportunities to play baseball and softball, to encourage academic success, and to teach the value of teamwork and other important life lessons to underserved young people, ages 5 to 18, from urban communities. RBI supports more than 200,000 young people in more than 300 programs established in more than 200 cities worldwide.

Additionally, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) will unveil a newly constructed indoor practice facility at Kasberger Field. A BTF grant of more than $33,000 provided funding for the purchase of batting cages, pitching tunnels and related equipment for the indoor facility, as well as coaches training clinic expenses.

Additionally, tonight the Yankees will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with a series of pregame ceremonies. The details from the team:

Friday is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball. All MLB players, coaches and umpires will wear No. 42 as a tribute to Robinson, who broke Baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on 4/15/47 at Ebbets Field.

MLB and the Yankees have scheduled an on-field ceremony which will include Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s wife and Founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation; their daughter Sharon Robinson, Vice Chair of the Foundation; and two Jackie Robinson scholars.

Additionally the Tuskegee Airmen will be honored as part of the pregame celebration.

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